Imagine you are a church whose pastor has just moved on/retired after over ten years of ministry (much less 30 years of ministry.) You need a transition plan.
What you don’t need is:
- A quick search for a “permanent” new pastor to relieve every anxiety about instability and slowed momentum.
- A place holder who has a lovely persona but no skills at shifting an organization into a new reality.
- An aversion to taking a long hard look at who you are and where you are going as a spiritual community (today, not 20 years ago.)
What I need as a person trying to serve congregations is a multitude of
angels transitional pastors who:
- Are skilled in calming anxieties, shifting paradigms, and being a 21st Century cultural tourguide.
- Are less about finding a job during retirement/unemployment times and more about being called to this kind of ministry.
- Are seasoned enough to know how to deal with Church World (e.g. rogue personnel committees, piled up administrivia) but with the energy to Work Very Hard with people in transition.
- Can see clearly in cloudy times and able to guide a congregation through the fog to clarity.
This is essentially a recruiting post for my PCUSA colleagues across the globe.
- if you have been ordained for at least five years and have proven yourself effective in parish ministry,
- if occasional job insecurity doesn’t freak you out,
- if you like systems work and can love people without making it about you . . .
– consider becoming a Transitional Pastor (also called an Interim Pastor although that job title seems to freak out congregations, probably because they’ve endured lame Interims in the past.)
If you want me to coach you or convince you or beg you, please send me an email and we’ll talk. Increasingly – since Every Church Is In Transition – every spiritual community needs excellent transitional ministry.
I am in search of this.